It’s been a cold, long winter here and while we have been able to cozy up by the fire, the birds have been left to the elements.
And so we have been doing our part to keep them fed – here are a couple of our favourite homemade bird feeders:
Peanut Butter Sunflower Rolls:
The kids really enjoy making these ones. They are quick and easy and only require a few items.
– Peanut Butter
– Plastic Knives
– Sunflower seeds (or any birdseed)
– Bowl or plate (for rolling)
– Toilet paper rolls
– String (for hanging)
Allow the children to spread peanut butter onto their desired number of toilet paper rolls. Then roll in your choice of bird seed. Lace a string through the roll, tie and they are ready to hang!
Blueberry Cheerio Hearts:
These feeders are a tasty treat for the birds and also double and triple (and even quadruple!) as a snack for the kids and a fine motor and patterning activity!
– pipe cleaners
Allow kids to thread the Cheerios and blueberries onto each pipe cleaner. This is a great opportunity to encourage younger children to be more precise in their fine motor activity, especially with the blueberries, which require much less force! For older children, ask them to create and continue a pattern as they thread. Once the kids are satisfied with their creation, twist the pipe cleaner ends and bend into a cute heart shape! Hang.
Our finished products are loved by the birds and even make the trees look pretty, but best of all, they bring the sounds of Spring to our yard…since the snow and cold don’t seem to be in a hurry to go!
Do have a favourite way to feed the birds in you area? Care to share? We are always looking for new ideas!